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Weekend reading list – week of January 9, 2017

January 12, 2017

Each week, we share the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of January 9th 2017.

#FBF: Smartphones in 2007
Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone ten years ago. Frequently described as “revolutionary”, the Apple smartphone was not an instant hit. Although it’s hard to imagine now, most consumers in 2007 preferred the competition. What did cutting-edge cellular technology look like ten years ago?
Read it on Numerama (in French)Pocket

The humans behind AI
Just how artificial is Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Truth is, most of the machines we imagine to be automated, neutral or omnipotent can’t actually function without a human operator. Or in other words, AI is about as “fully automated” as the Great and Powerful Oz in that famous scene from the classic film. So who, exactly, is hiding behind the curtain?
Read it on Harvard Business Review Pocket

Creating a cult brand
How can everyday tasks, such as shopping for a mattress, getting your hair styled or going to a spinning class, be turned into dynamic experiences? Neil Parikh, co-founder of Casper, the company that conquered the mattress industry, Alli Webb, founder of the Drybar blowout chain, and Melanie Whelan, CEO of SoulCycle, share their vision of managing clients, competition and corporate culture.
Read it on Fast Company Pocket

Cruising in your Tesla
It can no longer be denied—the future is autonomous vehicles. According to some industry experts, driverless cars will become a new kind of park or café; that is, a social gathering place where people have fun and relax while travelling to destination. If that’s the case, what will we do in our cars when we no longer have to drive them?
Read it on The Verge Pocket

Design for internationalization
To design a mobile application that can be used by people all over the world, the interface must obviously adapt for different languages. Easier said than done. A limited amount of space is a translator’s greatest enemy. John Saito, a writer at Dropbox and creator of mobile games in his free time, shares the golden rules for internationalizing design.
Read it on Dropbox Design Pocket

In your earbuds: Start Here
An investor in education and technology, consultant, once-Innovation Fellow at the White House and a web development career coach, Dain Miller is committed to sharing his expertise and advice with curious podcast listeners who want to become web developers.
Listen to it on Start Here

This week’s favourite thing
“Do you love me?”, is not the question you’d expect to hear when two Google Home AIs engage in conversation. And yet, the Vladimir and Estragon AIs seem to be falling in love during their first conversation on Twitch. #SoCute?